We present a theory of propagation of a partially coherent and partially polarized electromagnetic beam through a multilayered stratified medium. The analysis shows that spatial coherence and polarization properties of the beam change, in general, on propagation through such a medium. We illustrate the results by an example.
© 2013 Optical Society of America
Coherence and Statistical Optics
Original Manuscript: September 12, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: September 28, 2013
Published: November 14, 2013
Mayukh Lahiri and Emil Wolf, "Propagation of electromagnetic beams of any state of spatial coherence and polarization through multilayered stratified media," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 30, 2547-2555 (2013)